Happy International Yoga Day and Summer Solstice 2017

Today 21st June is International Yoga day and the summer solstice for 2017.

In 2015 Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi asked the world leaders to adopt an International Yoga Day, saying that by changing lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Addressing the 193-member UN General Assembly in United Nations. Modi said “Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day,” Noting that Yoga is “an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition”, he said: “It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. Read more

The Obstacles of Life

Patanjali, a great yogic sage, wrote “the Yoga Sutras” in essence a guide to our practice of yoga. Within the Sutras he described five afflictions or obstacles which are the main cause of our suffering and pain. These obstacles, known as Kleshas,  are our focus in class at present.  The Kleshas are often depicted as a tree with Avidya (ignorance) as the trunk of the tree from which the branches or Asmita (Ego), Raga (attachement), Dvesha (aversion) and Abihinivesah (fear of death) sprout.  So far we have considered Avidya which translates as ignorance and Asmita, the ego.
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Chocolate Meditation

Connecting with your senses is one of the core benefits of Mindfulness meditation. Many traditions use nuts or fruit as the focus for a meditation on the senses of taste, smell and touch. But you can use any food at all so we developed a meditation based on chocolate. Why not do it now by clicking on this link? This meditation is taken from the book ‘Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World’. The book contains a complete 8 week mindfulness course developed at Oxford University.